Mariana Past

Dickinson Green Devils 2020

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 429 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    being mindful
  • up to
    waste composted

Mariana's Actions


De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room

I will de-clutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home or dorm room.




I will meditate or create a moment of silence for 2 minute(s) each day to reflect on things important to me.



Collect Rain Water

I will create a rain garden or bioswale or use rain barrels to collect water for outdoor watering needs.

One-Time Action


Power Down the Computer

I will power down my computer and monitor when not using it for more than 2 hours, saving up to (1.1) lbs of CO2 each day that I do this.




I will write down three things every day that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.



Compost Food Waste

I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill each day by composting my food or learning how to.



  • Mariana Past 4/21/2020 7:49 AM
    So on the next to the last day of this challenge, I can share a final water-saving strategy that has worked well thus far.  Placing a full liter bottle in the tank of the toilet has...NOT affected efficacy of water flow, despite some early concerns on the part of my better 2/3, heh heh.  No idea how much water this has saved. I may sneak a second bottle in there and push the envelope a bit further.  ; )

  • Mariana Past 4/20/2020 7:05 AM
    Very proud to say that composting's now a habit for my family!  Didn't take too much browbeating...just a little...and we're looking forward to using some greatly-improved organic soil when planting herbs, etc. in a couple of weeks.

  • Mariana Past 4/18/2020 3:30 PM
    Super chilly in Carlisle today.  This is totally insignificant, but...this morning I decluttered a collection of cat toys - and under the sofa discovered the fake mouse my tabby had been noisily chasing around as I tried to teach a virtual class on Zoom the other day.

  • Mariana Past 4/13/2020 6:32 AM
    It's a rainy mid-April morning, and as no one has yet shown up to virtual office hours, I'm stealing a moment to post.  Surreal as present circumstances seem, any small steps we can collectively take to build more sustainable habits - while hunkering down - will have lasting impact.  Go, team!  Let's win this thing!  OK, back to Zoom.

  • Mariana Past 4/05/2020 6:09 PM
    Going well, though I admit to lurching back & forth at times (focus time is tough with the whole family in the house).

  • Mariana Past 4/05/2020 5:45 PM
    I reactivated our compost bin after the winter by pouring in some water, adding eggshells and orange peels, and giving it several whirls.  Very exciting!

    • Mariana Past 4/10/2020 5:29 PM
      Added banana peels and lots of other stuff this morning and gave it several whirls. Almost as good as going to the Kline Center, ha ha!
  • Reflection Question
    Water Collect Rain Water
    Trace the water that flows down the drain from your house to the largest body of water nearby. What is the route it takes?

    Mariana Past 4/01/2020 10:27 AM
    It will go directly into the Letort Spring Run.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Meditate
    What would you like to invest more time in reflecting on?

    Mariana Past 4/01/2020 10:27 AM
    What goes opposed to murky, uncertain future scenarios.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

    Mariana Past 4/01/2020 10:26 AM
    I can be glad of progress made, which will supply momentum for needed steps ahead.

    • Mariana Past 4/10/2020 5:23 PM
      Halfway through a virtual second half of the semester. Had several good check ins with students. Glad for contact opportunities!
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Compost Food Waste
    New to composting? Be sure to check out the action resource links to learn tips and more about it. As you transition from throwing food away to composting, what do you notice about how much you are tossing? How will you use your compost once it is ready?

    Mariana Past 4/01/2020 10:26 AM
    Compost will be applied to newly-planted trees in front and side yards.